The Story House Writing Retreat

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For February mid-term I treated myself to a week-long writing workshop with The Story House in Lisnavagh House in County Carlow. My kind and generous mother-in-law had died three weeks previously, I was sad and in need of a rest. I had visions of sleeping in a huge fluffy bed, eating massive Irish breakfasts and dabbling in a bit of writing. I didn’t know much about the retreat except that …

New Summer Camp Schedule

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My summer camp schedule has recently changed as my co-teacher Hazel Cassidy is leaving for an exciting opportunity in the U.K. Hazel has done a great job with her classes in Malahide and she will be greatly missed by me and her students. All summer camps are now being taught by me. There are two camps running in Malahide, instead of three. The dates are: 11-15th July 7 -12 yr …

Students Success at Listowel!

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My brilliant writing students have done it again at Listowel Writers’ Week Literary competitions for youth! Sadbh Cushen (who attends classes in Skerries) has won first in the category for under nines. Sadbh wrote a beautiful piece about what it’s like to live with Sensory Processing Disorder. Grace Lenny (an online student) has won first place in the twelve years and under category with a compelling tale about the Easter …

RTE GUIDE / Puffin Ireland Short Story Competition

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The closing date for the RTE GUIDE / Puffin Ireland Short Story Competition is this Friday! Here are the details. RTE GUIDE / PUFFIN YOUNG PEOPLE’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2016 We are delighted to announce the annual RTÉ Guide / Puffin Children’s Short Story Competition, offering a unique opportunity to get your short story published in the RTÉ Guide! There are three categories for individuals to enter and the story …

Easter Writing Workshops

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I am running historical fiction writing workshops for children and for teenagers. The focus of these workshops is on having fun and learning how to create an exciting story within a particular historical setting. Combining my degree in History with writing skills, I help participants create characters such as roman emperors, world war heroes, famine victims or rebels of the Easter Rising in 1916. These workshops are suitable for children …

Autumn Adult Writing Retreat

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Adult Writing Retreat After the success of my first adult writing retreat in May, I am running a second one this November in the same country house in Kildare. http://www.dollardstown.com/   We will hire the venue exclusively for us, so we can have complete run of the place.  They will feed us all of our meals and it’s only one hour from Dublin! DATES The retreat runs over the weekend …

RTE Guide/Puffin Books Short Story Competition Runner Up!

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Clever Abbie Alwell (age 12), who attends my teenage class in Malahide, has come runner up in the RTE GUIDE and Puffin Books story writing competition for ages 11-14 year olds! Abbie wrote a brilliant story about a cyber stalker and will be attending an awards ceremony in RTE with Puffin Books Editor, Claire Hennessy. Well done Abbie! You can read Abbie’s gripping story below.                                                                                                                                                                           Stalker One comment. One …

Students Win Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Competitions!

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Wonderful news for my students from the Listowel Writers’ Week Writing competitions! I’m so proud and excited! Sadhbh Cushen has won joint second place in the nine years and under category. Sadhbh attends classes in Skerries and wrote a very funny story (told mostly through dialogue) about a child who doesn’t want to go to sleep. She shares this prize with Grace Lenny, who is doing an online writing course …

Summer Camps for Creative Kids!

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My summer camps are now booking! These courses are particularly suited to creative and imaginative children and teenagers. Here is a picture of a very happy bunch who attended a teen summer camp with me in Skerries Mills.   Each course runs for five days and each day we cover a main topic. For example the first day I may do a guided writing exercise to help the students understand …

Adult Writing Retreat

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I am running a lovely adult writing retreat in a country house in Kildare. http://www.dollardstown.com/   We can hire the venue exclusively for us, so we will have complete run of the place, they will feed us gourmet food and it’s only one hour from Dublin! DATES The retreat runs over the weekend of 8th/ 9th May. The hotel will be available exclusively for the adult writers. No other visitors …

Student Wins The Cuirt Young Writer’s Award 2015

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Whoopeeeee!! Sarah McKenna (age 13), student of my creative writing classes in Skerries, has won The Cúirt New Writing prize for Youth! Well done Sarah!!!! Sniff! Sniff! I’m so proud. Below is a picture of Sarah, when she came first in the literary competition for Youth with Listowel Writers’ Week last year. This girl is amazing! (as are my other students Sadhbh and Hannah who were shortlisted for The Cúirt …

Three Brilliant Writing Students Shortlisted for The Cúirt New Writing Award!

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I’m chuffed and delighted to announce that not one, not two, but THREE of my teenage writing students have been shortlisted for The Cúirt New Writing Award for Youth. Sadhbh Edisson, Sarah McKenna and Hannah Rudden all have a chance to be the winner and read at The Cúirt Writing Festival. But no matter who wins, it is a huge honour to be shortlisted and I couldn’t be more proud. …

Easter Writing Workshops!

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EASTER WRITING WORKSHOPS! This Easter I am running historical fiction writing workshops for children and for teenagers. The focus of these workshops is on having fun and learning how to create an exciting story within a particular historical setting. Combining my degree in History with writing skills, I help participants create characters such as roman emperors, world war heroes and brave famine victims. These characters will then come to life …

New Online Writing Courses!

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This January I am launching online writing course for children (7-12 year olds) / teenagers (11-16 yr olds) and adults: Each course consist of ten modules. For each module I email notes and an assignment to be completed. Once I receive an assignment, I will promptly reply with written feedback on the work and also set the next assignment. My tone will be positive and encouraging, praising what is good …